New Releases 10/9

Here’s your new releases for 10/9/2010! I’m really excited for the Caitlin Kiernan collection. And who knew that Real Steel was based on a short story and not on Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots? Not me! Any must-reads on the list for anybody else?

Tesseracts 15: A Case of Quite Curious Tales

In this new volume of the long running and popular Tesseracts series, editors Julie Czerneda and Susa MacGregor has selected 21 of the best young adult sicence fiction, fantasy and horror stories from over 300 works submitted.

Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume One) by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume One) presents a stunning retrospective of the first ten years of her work, a compilation of more than two hundred thousand words of short fiction, including many of her most acclaimed stories, as well as some of the author’s personal favorites, several previously uncollected, hard-to-find pieces, and her sf novella, The Dry Salvages, and a rare collaboration with Poppy Z. Brite. Destined to become the definitive look at the early development of Kiernan’s work, Two Worlds and In Between is a must for fans and collectors alike, as well as an unprecedented introduction to an author who, over the course of her career, has earned the praise of such luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Charles De Lint, and Clive Barker.

Changes: Volume Three of the Collegium Chronicles (A Valdemar Novel) by Mercedes Lackey

In Mercedes Lackey’s classic coming-of-age story, the orphan Magpie pursues his quest for his parent’s identity with burning urgency-while also discovering another hidden talent and being trained by the King’s Own Herald as an undercover agent for Valdemar. Shy Bardic Trainee Lena has to face her famous but uncaring father, one of Valdemar’s most renowned Bards. And Healing Trainee Bear must struggle against his disapproving parents, who are pressuring Bear to quit the Healers’ Collegium because he lacks the magical Healing Gift.
Each of the three friends must face his or her demons and find their true strength as they seek to become the full Heralds, Bards, and Healers of Valdemar.

Z: Zombie Stories edited by J.M. Lassen

When the zombie apocalypse comes, it’s not just those crusty old folks who will struggle against the undead, it’s the young people. What happens when you come of age during the zombie apocalypse? Z: Zombie Stories has the answer to that question.

Z: Zombie Stories gathers together some of the hottest zombie fiction of the last two decades, from
authors including Kelly Link, Jonathan Maberry, and Catherynne M. Valente. These stories focus on those who will inherit a world overrun with the living dead: a young man who takes up the family business of dealing with the undead, a girl struggling with her abusive father… who has become a zombie, a poet who digs up the wrong grave, and a Viking maiden imprisoned with the living dead…

Steel: And Other Stories by Richard Matheson

Imagine a future in which the sport of boxing has gone high-tech. Human boxers have been replaced by massive humanoid robots. And former champions of flesh-and-blood are obsolete . . . .

Richard Matheson’s classic short story is now the basis for Real Steel, a gritty, white-knuckle film starring Hugh Jackman. But “Steel,” which was previously filmed as a powerful episode of the original Twilight Zone television series, is just one of over a dozen unforgettable tales in this outstanding collection, which includes two new stories that have never appeared in any previous Matheson collection. Also featured is a bizarre satirical fantasy, “The Splendid Source,” that was turned into an episode of The Family Guy.

Richard Matheson was recently inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Steel demonstrates once again the full range of his legendary imagination.

The WisCon Chronicles, Vol.5: Writing and Racial Identity

This volume of the WisCon Chronicles focuses on WisCon 34, at which Mary Anne Mohanraj and Nnedi Okorafor were Guests of Honor. The volume includes the GoH’s and the 2010 Tiptree Award winners’ speeches; ”Racial Identity and Writing: A Dozen Writers and Thinkers Reflect,” conducted by Eileen Gunn; MJ Hardman’s application of the lessons of Joanna Russ’s still important How to Suppress Women’s Writing to the accomplishments of other suppressed groups; and numerous essays, some poetry and short fiction, and excerpts from Jane Irwin’s webcomic, Clockwork Game.

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